One Night Only!
All-Beethoven Program
Live & Livestream Concert
With guest pianist
Kuang-Hao Huang
Tuesday, October 6 @ 7 pm - Chicago
PianoForte Studios
1335 S. Michigan Ave.

Limited in-person tickets (20)*
630-628-9591 or
(advance purchase only)

The livestream will be available on Orion's YouTube channel.
Virtual access is free.
Donations are welcome and can be made on Orion's website.

The YouTube channel will also host a recording of the performance for a limited time.

* A maximum of 20 people may attend in person at PianoForte Studios. Audience members must wear masks at all times. While family groups may sit together, different audience members/groups will be seated at least six feet apart. Extra masks and hand sanitizer will be available. All programming is subject to change.

Trio in B-flat Major
for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 11

Trio in B-flat Major
for Violin, Cello and Piano, "Archduke," Op. 97

We are delighted and grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday. As the worldwide celebrations had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, we feel incredibly fortunate that we can present this all-Beethoven program, which includes two of his most beloved chamber music pieces. We are looking forward to performing these for our audiences, whether they are listening in person or virtually.
Chicagoan Kuang-Hao Huang, guest pianist, is a sought-after chamber artist and soloist whose performances have taken him throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has performed in New York City’s Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Hall; in Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center; and at every major venue in the Chicago area, including the Harris Theater and Symphony Center. He is often heard live on WFMT and has also performed on WQXR and on

Mr. Huang has recorded for Aucourant, Cedille, Innova and Naxos, including a CD of flute fantasies with flutist Mathieu Dufour and a premiere recording of early songs by Alban Berg with mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley. His most recent recordings include Notorious RBG in Song with soprano Patrice Michaels and Songs from Chicago with baritone Thomas Hampson.

A strong advocate of new music, Mr. Huang is a core member of Fulcrum Point New Music Project and Picosa. He has premiered numerous works, including pieces by Mason Bates, Jacob Bancks, Kyong Mee Choi, Stacy GarropJohn HarbisonDaniel Kellogg and Shulamit Ran. Mr. Huang gave the world premiere performances of works by Louis Andriessen and Chen Yi at Weill Hall as part of Carnegie Hall’s Millennium Piano Book Project. He has appeared on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series.

A dedicated teacher, Mr. Huang serves on the faculties of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Concordia University-Chicago. He has also taught at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.

Mr. Huang is Associate Artistic Director for the International Music Foundation and is the driving force behind Make Music Chicago (, a citywide celebration of music every June 21. He also founded IMF’s Pianos in the Parks program, which partners with the Chicago Park District to give all Chicagoans access to outdoor pianos as well as free lessons.
Orion to work remotely with students at three high schools
In its eighth year, Janet’s Stage, our one-of-a-kind partnership with high school orchestra programs, has become especially important to the music directors with whom Orion collaborates. Because they are unable to have orchestra rehearsals, the directors will be focusing on chamber music and are excited about using our expertise remotely as mentors to inspire their students. We will be doing performances, masterclasses and coaching with Glenbard East, Buffalo Grove and Geneva high schools.

Orion plans November live and livestream concert
Orion hopes to perform a second live and livestream concert at PianoForte in November. Watch for an email to provide additional information.

"One of Chicago's most vibrant, versatile and distinctive ensembles."
~ John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
The Orion Ensemble is supported in part by grants from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the John R. Halligan Charitable Fund, the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and generous donations from our dedicated patrons.